Europa inks Benelux pic deal

Deals includes the distribution of EuropaCorp Group's French- and English-language pics

Luc Besson’s powerhouse EuropaCorp Group and Brussels-based Belga Films have inked an exclusive three-year output deal covering the distribution of all EuropaCorp productions and co-prods in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Deals includes the distribution of EuropaCorp Group’s French- and English-language pics, notably Luc Besson’s thriller “Malavita,” with Robert De Niro, and Kevin Costner starrer “Three Days to Kill.”

Belga Films, the leading independent distributor in the Benelux countries, has been working with EuropaCorp for several years, distributing “Arthur and the Invisibles,” “Taken” and “Taken 2” as well as “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.”

Under the deal, the two shingles will also team on co-production, financing — via the attractive Belgian tax shelter — and diversification, through the launch of multiplexes.Marie-Laure Montironi, EuropaCorp Group’s chief of sales: “Belga Films was an ideal and logical choice of partner for EuropaCorp, given the teams’ considerable know-how.”

Christophe Lambert, EuropaCorp Group CEO concurred. “After years of living together, we have finally decided to get married. This is a major milestone for EuropaCorp, which, following on from the output deals signed this year with Fundamental Films in China and Relativity Media in the USA, thus continues to

ensure financing and distribution for its production on international markets.”EuropaCorp Group, which recently celebrated the official bow of its mega-studio Cite du Cinema, is ending the year on a high note with Liam Neeson starrer “Taken 2,” which was produced with a budget under $50 million, smashing the worldwide B.O., grossing over $315 million (outside of France) as of Oct. 29.

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